With today’s post I honor my father.
William “Bill” Albrecht, 89, of Iowa City died Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at the Iowa City Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. His death followed from a ten year illness.
Bill was born October 28, 1919, in Iowa City the son of James and Mamie (Sedivec) Albrecht. Following graduation from Iowa City City High School in 1939 he enlisted in the United States Marines. On December 30, 1944, he was united in marriage to L. Grace Peek in Iowa City. For many years Bill was employed at the Bob & Henry’s Service Station located on the corner of Gilbert and Burlington Streets in Iowa City. Later he became a postal service employee at the Iowa City Post Office, retiring after over twenty years of service.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City. He enjoyed his many years of league bowling at Plamor Lanes, dancing, playing cards and cheering on those Iowa Hawkeye’s!
Bill’s family includes his three children, David Albrecht and wife, Kay of Bowling Green, Ohio and their children, Tom and Chris, Steve Albrecht and wife, Ofie of San Francisco, California and their children, Jeremy and Andrea, and Janet Albrecht of Greensboro, North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Grace (12/13/2004); two brothers, George and Wesley Albrecht; and two sisters, Elsie Albrecht Bishop and Dorothy Albrecht Hotka.
So ends a long love story between my parents, Bill and Grace. He spotted her riding on an Iowa City bus, and rode that bus for days until she again took a bus ride to work. He introduced himself, and the rest is history.
Neither of my parents went to college, but through their hard work they made possible my college education. I am very grateful to have been their son.
Debit and credit – - David Albrecht